This past week, my friends at Southwest Airlines gave me the chance to do just that: They sent me on a trip of a lifetime, Sail Across the Sun. It was incredible to travel on Sail Across the Sun with Southwest along with their Rapid Rewards Card Members. I was able to to experience first-hand what it's like being a Southwest Card Holder. These people get access to some of the coolest events, including Sail Across the Sun. Not only did we get to spend the night in New Orleans, enjoying a private dinner along with a show, but we also had access to the Southwest listening lounge on board the ship. The lounge gave us access to acoustic shows during the four day adventure, including an intimate performance by one of my all-time favorite musicians, Michael Franti. We even got to attend a wine tasting with the lead singer of Train, Pat Monahan. When I tell you each and every minute was a "pinch me" moment, I am not exaggerating.
Sail Across the Sun is a four-day cruise experience on a great ship, the Norwegian Pearl, jam-packed with live musical performances by some of the best, funkiest bands in the world. You literally are put on a luxury cruise ship with a bunch of fun-loving, happy people, including artists and musicians from all over. Leaving from New Orleans, we journeyed to Cozumel, Mexico. Beside the sun and the fun on the ship, each and every day was dedicated to great music, new friends and totally off-the-grid relaxation, something I didn't realize I needed so badly. As someone who is on her phone 24/7, limiting access to WiFi and cell service seemed scary, but ended up giving me a break from the fast pace of my daily life, allowing me to recharge and refocus. I took the opportunity to befriend and get to know people I have admired from afar, as a fan. I’m talking about the Southwest and Chase team members, who could not be more warm, welcoming and gracious. More than that, though, I became friends with world-famous musicians I've been following on Instagram for years. By the time the magical trip returned to port in “Nawlins", I had formed friendships which will persist and enrich me for years to come. Thanks to email and social media, I can stay friends with Robert Randolph and the Family Band, a group of folks whose music transcends generations – like my parents, I find their music and warmth intoxicating. Do yourself a favor and give them a listen.
There is a very special place in my heart for Southwest Airlines, as most of you may know.
All in all, this trip was one for the books. I ate too much, drank to much, danced too much, smiled and laughed just enough, and made an insane amount of new friends.
Sail Across the Sun with Southwest Airlines was definitely one of my best trips, yet.
For those of you who have been bitten by the travel bug and also happen to have a serious love for music, I highly recommend looking into joining the Rapid Rewards family.
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